50 years since the Freedom Ride

It's 50 years since the 'Freedom Ride' led by Charles Perkins set off to visit north-western NSW and in doing so helped change race relations in Australia.

Perkins and 29 other University of Sydney students formed a group, Student Action for Aborigines, to shine a spotlight on the injustices faced by black Australia. Their brave and bold work showed that segregation, racism and hatred were issues as real here as any other country.

What they showed us shocked our country. It's no coincidence that two years after the Freedom Ride, the Australian people voted in the 1967 referendum to remove discriminatory sections from the constitution.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this important ride, the City of Sydney is hosting a free screening of Rachel Perkins' 1993 film, Freedom Ride, at Redfern Community Centre.

The free screening will be introduced by some of the original Freedom Riders and there'll also be a screening of a short film and radio documentaries by Freedom Riders Jim Spigelman AC, QC and Darce Cassidy.

Freedom Ride - 50th anniversary screening Friday 27 February, 6pm-8pm Redfern Community Centre

29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern

Free

Whether you've never heard of the Freedom Ride, or you remember it personally, I encourage everyone to see the film. This story is part of who we are as nation.

(Image courtesy of Tribune/SEARCH Foundation, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales)

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